Memo Pad: Life On The Web... Exits At Marie Claire...

Jane magazine is closing with the August issue and Conde Nast Publications will shut down the Web site Aug. 20, but another company Web site for young women has endured far beyond its magazine's lifetime.

Irresistible comparisons to "Mean Girls" aside, this miniature online drama highlights the issue of seeding an online community around a magazine brand: It can create self-sustaining traffic, but these girls have minds of their own. (Notably, Cosmogirl and Seventeen don't have online message boards.)

A spokeswoman for CondeNet, which operates, said the invasions represented "a very small portion of the activity on the boards, but the dialogue is harmless. The girls are just having fun and engaging in some friendly competition." The boards are regularly moderated, she said, but "we also need to give the girls leeway to say what they want to say."

Teen Vogue's spokeswoman said, "We do monitor our forums and while we don't always agree with the opinions or ideas expressed, we feel strongly that our online participants should be able to express themselves freely."

Several deleted posts and banned usernames later, each side of the digital catfight began tentatively discussing a truce in mid-June, though logistics were confusing.'s Japanese Gardening Forums, neutral ground, were suggested to host discussions. That day, "usuck" belied the acrimony of her own username by proclaiming love for each forum and declaring happily: "All this treaty/war/invading/strategies thing is really making [my] summer less boring. Even if you are insulting us." Still, it could yet turn into a multifront war: Earlier this year, Teen Voguers debated invading, another CondeNet property said to be "mean." Gentlemen, ready your arms. — Irin Carmon

EXITS AT MARIE CLAIRE: Three more staffers have left or are leaving Marie Claire, just as Joanna Coles begins her second year as editor in chief. Deputy beauty editor Genevieve Monsma departed the Hearst monthly this summer to join former beauty director Didi Gluck at Shape. Associate editor Kelly Marages also is leaving to join Shape. In addition, deputy editor Julia Savacool is departing. Sources said she would join Fitness.

The exits follow the abrupt departure of senior fashion editor Eric Nicholson. A spokeswoman confirmed his departure; sources close to the building said he was asked to leave the magazine. reported that his exit came partly because of a WWD Memo Pad item on July 11. The item reprinted Nicholson's comments on Jane Pratt's Sirius satellite radio show that working at Marie Claire was "definitely bigger and different. I wouldn't say better." The spokeswoman declined to specify if remarks had anything to do with his exit. In March, creative director Paul Martinez left Marie Claire for Men's Journal (later replaced by Suzanne Sykes), and senior editor Carrie Sloan departed to edit Tango. — I.C. and Stephanie D. Smith
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